North Carolina Field Reports: Tobacco Harvest Begins, Beneficial Rains and Storm Damage

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 17, 2016.

    Extension Comments

    Julia Houck – Ashe-Alleghany Co FSA
    The county is starting to get dry. Water level in the creeks and river are getting low.

    Dwayne Tate – Agronomist
    Recent rains have offset what was shaping up to be severe drought conditions across the region. Some isolated area were hit with high winds and hail causing damage to tobacco and corn.

    Stanley Holloway – Yancey County Extension
    Region 12 Scattered rain showers continued this week; however, amounts were light and highly variable ranging from less than .5″ to around 1.5″ depending on location in the county. The corn crop is still suffering and pastures are failing with some livestock producers already having to supplement with hay.

    Second cutting hay is going to be short due to the dry weather and many producers are concerned if they will be able to produce enough hay to get them through the winter.

    Charles Mitchell – Franklin County Extension
    Franklin County has had over 20 inches of rain since the Flue Cured tobacco crop was planted. Tobacco is suffering in some areas. We have had hail storms and wind damage. Over 125 acres have been mowed and destroyed.

    Gary Cross – Person County Extension
    Rain and hail bad storms the last three weeks. With all the rain most corn will make through harvest. Soybeans are looking better coming out of soil born diseases. Tobacco is being cut on the bottom leaves. Pastures are improving.

    Stephen Bishop – Cleveland SWCD
    With some recent rainfall, corn and soybeans are looking pretty good. Farmers are spraying milo for the sugarcane aphid, which has shown up in the last few weeks.

    Page Burns – Richmond County Extension
    The area has had regular rain events, some heavy at times, over the past week.

    Mike Wilder – Agronomist Region 6
    Many areas received 6+ inches of rain on 7/16 and 7/17 in a short time. Flooded fields and hail damage reported in tobacco. Tobacco harvest has begun as weather permits.

    Daniel Simpson – Pamlico County Extension
    Wet weather has slowed most field activity. Corn is looking well with consistent moisture. Soybeans are looking better, but low areas in fields have been affected by wet weather.

    Cathy Herring – Central Crops
    Rains on Friday and Saturday have helped all crops. it was extremely dry in parts of Johnston County, North Carolina. Some areas received excessive rain.

    Mac Malloy – Robeson County Extension
    Research Station Crop conditions continue to improve with frequent rain showers despite the heat. Some reports of corn at black layer with good yields expected. Tobacco, soybeans, peanuts, and cotton look good overall.

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